April 6, 2013 Subject:
Scherzo by Mendelssohn
I think the internet archive is a magnificent human project. However, the following comment applies to virtually all the music I've heard from 78s and cylinders at archive.org, including this:
The use of cheap "digital cleaning" under the pretext of "removing grinding noise", sometimes based on the mistaken notion that removing all frequencies above for example 2500 Hz simply leaves the true information behind for listening pleasure, is a musical abomination. The music thus maltreated is often unrecognisable, gains nothing and loses all. I wanted to be able to make this comment visible to all who upload music from 78s and cylinders, but couldn't find a relevant link. Anyone who does upload has only to listen themselves to better commercial reissues to hear what I am talking about. It is better in musical terms for owners of such discs to upload "raw" transfers than badly over-cleaned versions; the kind of digital restoration equipment used by professionals is very expensive, requires much expertise, and is obviously not available to enthusiastic amateurs.